Horse Rotorvator

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Horse Rotorvator
original LP cover
Studio album by Coil
Released 1986
Genre Industrial
Length 49:15 (Some Bizzare CD version)
Label Force & Form
Some Bizzare (UK)
Relativity (U.S.)
Boudisque Records (Netherlands)
Threshold House
Producer Coil
Coil chronology
The Anal Staircase
Horse Rotorvator
Gold Is the Metal
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
Sputnikmusic 5/5 stars[2]

Horse Rotorvator is the second full-length studio album released by the British industrial group Coil. It was ranked 73 by Pitchfork Media in its list of the Top 100 Albums of the 1980s.[3]


It was initially released in 1986 by Force And Form, K.422 and Some Bizzare (UK), Relativity Records (U.S.), Les Disques Du Soleil et de l'Acier (France) and Record Vox (Germany). Its UK edition was frequently reissued on CD by Some Bizzare without the band's permission, leading the band to self-release a remastered CD edition of the album in 2001, with the protest, "Stevø, Pay Us What You Owe Us!", printed in large text on the cover and also on the spine.

Although Coil did officially release this album on cassette, it was once again pirated in cassette form by both Stable Records and ArsNova Records, which hail from Russia.

The song "Who by Fire" was written by Leonard Cohen, originally appearing on his album New Skin for the Old Ceremony.

Track listing[edit]

LP release[edit]

All songs written by John Balance and Peter Christopherson, except where noted.

Side A:

  1. "The Anal Staircase" - 4:00
  2. "Slur" - 3:31
  3. "Babylero" - 0:52
  4. "Ostia (The Death of Pasolini)" - 6:20
  5. "Herald" - 1:03
  6. "Penetralia" - 6:11

Side B:

  1. "Circles of Mania" - 4:59
  2. "Blood From the Air" - 5:32
  3. "Who by Fire" (Leonard Cohen) - 2:36
  4. "The Golden Section" - 5:50
  5. "The First Five Minutes After Death" - 4:51

Cassette release[edit]

Side A:

  1. "The Anal Staircase"
  2. "Silk"
  3. "Babylero"
  4. "Ostia"
  5. "Acapulco March"
  6. "Penetralia"
  7. "Ravenous"

Side B:

  1. "Circles of Mania"
  2. "Blood From the Air"
  3. "Who by Fire"
  4. "The Golden Section"
  5. "The First Five Minutes After Death"
  6. "The Anal Staircase (A Dionysian remix)"

This is the listing for the 1987 cassette release on Relativity in the U.S. "Silk" and "Acapulco March" are the working titles for "Slur" and "Herald," respectively (taken from a pre-release demo tape). "Ravenous" and "(A Dionysian Remix)" are from The Anal Staircase 12" single, and are not listed on the tape card.

CD release (ROTA CD1 version)[edit]

  1. "The Anal Staircase" - 4:10
  2. "Slur" - 3:30
  3. "Babylero" - 0:51
  4. "Ostia (The Death of Pasolini)" - 6:23
  5. "Herald" - 1:03
  6. "Penetralia" - 6:10
  7. "Ravenous" - 3:26
  8. "Circles of Mania" - 5:01
  9. "Blood from the Air" - 5:32
  10. "Who by Fire" - 2:37
  11. "The Golden Section" - 5:50
  12. "The First Five Minutes After Death" - 4:45

Different releases of the CD have "Ravenous" as Track 12 instead of 7. Sometimes the listing on the cover and the actual running order differ as a result (for example, one ROTA 1 copy lists the tracks in the above order, but actually has "Ravenous" as Track 12).

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Raggett, Ned. "Horse Rotorvator - Coil". Allmusic. Retrieved 26 September 2016. 
  2. ^ Dreany, Matthew. "Coil - Horse Rotorvator". Sputnikmusic. Retrieved 26 September 2016. 
  3. ^ "Staff Lists: Top 100 Albums of the 1980s | Features". Pitchfork. 2002-11-20. Retrieved 2012-02-22. 

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